Oakland Cemetery

Historic Oakland Foundation

One place where love is truly eternal: a cemetery. And this Valentine’s Day weekend, the Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta is hosting walking tours for people who want to dig up some love stories from the past.

 

And with over 70,000 residents in this landmark cemetery, there is a plethora of romantic historical tales.

 

Sight-seeing Scavenger Hunts With The Clue Town Books

Jul 17, 2018
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Open a Clue Town book and embark on a mysterious walking tour through notable Georgia locations. Each scavenger hunt includes puzzles, fun graphics, and a compass to help you find your way. We sent our On Second Thought interns to various locations in Atlanta to partake in Clue Town. Our intern, Monique Bandong, brought back an audio postcard from the Oakland Cemetery scavenger hunt.

 

 


The ongoing Atlanta bribery scandal brought a sentencing last week. Adam Smith, former chief procurement officer for Atlanta, got more than two years in jail. Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Scott Trubey has been following the bribery scandal, and he joins us in the studio.

What better way to learn about history than to go back in time? Kids at the Jekyll Island Museum’s Time Travelers' Camp get to do just that, metaphorically speaking. They explore a different period of the island's history as far back as a hundred years each day. We speak with Bruce Piatek, director of Historic Resources at The Jekyll Island Authority, and camp counselor Hailee Komaromi about time travel, history, and how campers learn to speak pirate.

Then, we hear about the life of William Jasper “The Goat Man” Franklin who is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta.

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The history of Juneteenth goes like this: President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. But two years later, on June 19, 1865, slaves in Texas finally got the news that they were free. Juneteenth is this Sunday, but Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery celebrated a few days early this year.  Groups of all ages were invited to tour the cemetery's historic African-American gravesites last weekend.